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Definition of Sovereign Immunity

Sovereign immunity is the concept that the government is immune from legal actions. Although this rule historically was more absolute and did not allow the federal, state, and local governments to be sued, different governments have waived liability in differing degrees under certain circumstances.

Because of sovereign immunity it is very difficult to recover injury from a governmental body or sue for damages. If you have been injured by a government employee who was performing their job duties, such as a police officer, it is best to talk to an injury lawyer to determine what rights and remedies you have under the law.

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